Cycling on a Capital BikeShare in Washington, D.C. Photo by Michael Jantzen.
Alta Bicycle Share and Public Bike System Co. were just announced on the Chicago Tribune’s website as the Chicago bike sharing operator and equipment vendor, respectively. From John Hilkevitch:
City Hall estimates the total capital and start-up costs at $21 million, adding that $18 million will be covered by federal funding aimed at improving air quality and easing traffic congestion [CMAQ] and the remaining $3 million will be provided by the city.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to introduce an ordinance at Wednesday’s City Council meeting seeking aldermanic approval to enter into an agreement with Alta Bicycle Share, officials said.
The losing entries were offered by Bike Chicago [also known as Bike and Roll] and its equipment provider, B-Cycle; and I-GO and its equipment providers, Tracetel and Schwinn, officials said.
Alta Bicycle Share operates bike sharing in Washington, D.C., Boston (“Hubway”), Minneapolis (“NiceRide”), and soon New York City, among others. Where kiosks will go will be the result of a public outreach process to be operated by a separate company and team; it was part of a different request for proposals (RFP) process. This will be handled by Sam Schwartz Engineering, CDOT staff, and likely planners at the CTA.
We expect that the city will use a public suggestion website, similar to the one the NYC Department of Transportation is using to solicit input on where stations should go. The map shows thousands of New Yorkers’ ideas. It runs on a platform related to Shareabouts, and created by OpenPlans. The City of Portland recently launched a website based on Shareabouts and in the 30 minutes between my first and second page loads on Monday, I saw 100 new station ideas pop up.
Read our past coverage of bike sharing. This post may be updated as more becomes known.